Future Links June 23rd 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a view on the potential of 3D printing, HP’s 3D Capture software, a new method to 3D print glass, GF Smith’s acquisition of Naturalis, a UPM mill shut down, Iggesund’s plans for Eastern Europe and a new waterbox that uses less plastic than bottles.

3D printing’s potential lies in customization and small production runs
Forbes’ contributor Rick Smith argues that 3D printing will have a profound impact on the way we do business. He argues that it will revolutionize the mass production model that has been in use since the times of Henry Ford. 3D printing allows for unlimited flexibility and customization at no additional cost per unit.
More at Forbes

HP introduces new 3D printing feature for Sprout in June
HP will release its first update to the software 3D Snapshot called 3D Capture in July. 3D Capture works with the Sprout’s built-in camera to capture an object’s shape, color and texture and create a virtual 3D model that can be tweaked or shared with collaborators as an animated GIF.
More at Tech Times

Micron 3DP unveils glass printing method
The Israeli company Micron 3DP has succeeded in printing glass via an extrusion based machine. The ‘soft’ glass was printed at a temperature of 850 degrees Celsius; Micron 3DP also printed borosilicate glass at a melting temperature of 1640 degrees Celsius. These accomplishments represent a breakthrough in glass 3D printing.
More at 3D Print

GF Smith takes ownership of Naturalis
GF Smith has acquired the Naturalis fine uncoated papers brand from the administrators of Tullis Russell. GF Smith had been the exclusive UK distributor of the Naturalis range for the past decade. It has now bought the “full intellectual property rights” on a worldwide basis from administrators at KPMG, as well as the remaining mill stock, for an undisclosed sum.
More at Print Week

UPM shuts down one of its mills
As planned, UPM has taken its PM3 mill offline. The company had announced several months ago that the newsprint machine would be closed if no acceptable alternatives for the PM would be presented until 20 June. The closing reduces the newsprint capacity by 130,000 tones per year.
More at EUWID Pulp and Paper

Iggesund expands in Eastern Europe and Russia
Iggesund Paperboard has established a new freight terminal in Riga, Latvia, in April and opened a sales office in Moscow. The company wants to strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe and cultivate its delivery services on a global scale.
More at Labels & Labeling

WaterBox uses less plastic than bottles
After wine boxes a new water box has hit the market. The water box contains a plastic bag inside a carton box. Leading Brands, Inc., Vancouver, Canada, has filed patent applications in both the United States and Canada to protect its new water box that uses 85 % less plastic than conventional bottled water.
More at Packaging Digest 

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